Christine Thomsen
Christine Thomsen
Marketing Manager, Author Marketing, Wiley

open access 2.jpgWelcome to Open Access Week 2016! With the theme of "Open in Action," we wanted to reflect on some open access milestones from the past year and look ahead to some of the exciting initiatives coming up in the future.


Gold Open Access


Over the past year, we’ve launched several new open access journals, bringing our total of fully open access journals to 63, with still more expected to launch or convert from subscription to open access by the beginning of 2017. These new offerings cover a wide range of academic fields and publish original, high-quality, peer-reviewed work, with new titles including Limnology and Oceanography Letters, Ecosphere and Health Expectations, which converted to open access at the start of 2016.


New and existing society partnerships afforded us exciting opportunities to publish several new open access journals on behalf of these partners. These include FEBS Open Bio from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies, Bioengineering and Translational Medicine from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Clinical and Translational Science from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Advanced Science continues to go from strength to strength, publishing high quality research from across the broad spectrum of science.


Earlier this year we announced a new collaboration with Hindawi, which will see nine Wiley subscription journals converting to open access in 2017. Hindawi will take over the editorial and production workflow for each of the journals within the partnership, which will be hosted on the Hindawi website, allowing them to benefit from the publisher’s experience in publishing high quality journals on an open access basis. The Wiley-Hindawi collaboration allows both publishers to support the ongoing development of high-quality open access titles, as well as giving authors additional options for where and how to publish.


Open Research Data


We are working on ways to make it easy for authors to transfer or to link to files in approved repositories in order to comply with funder and journal mandates. Earlier this year, we announced a partnership and pilot with figshare, creating data repository integration that allows authors to deposit their data via ScholarOne during the submission process. Once an author’s paper is accepted, we deposit the data to figshare on behalf of the author and at no cost to them, and link from the data to the HTML version of the article on WOL.


As the world’s leading society publisher, we believe it is important to take an active role in supporting industry initiatives around protecting the integrity of research practice and the reproducibility of data. This includes being a TOP Guidelines signatory, RDA member and supporter of the CONSORT, EQUATOR and FAIR initiatives.


In January of this year, Wiley joined more than 550 journals and organizations to become an organizational signatory to the TOP Guidelines. By signing these guidelines, we signaled our further support for the principle of openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. The guidelines cover eight different components of the research process:


  • Data Citation
  • Data Transparency
  • Analytic Methods (Code) Transparency
  • Research Materials Transparency
  • Design and Analysis Transparency
  • Preregistration of Studies
  • Preregistration of Analysis Plans
  • Replication


The Research Data Alliance (RDA) was launched as a community-driven organization in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government's National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation. As members of RDA, we strongly support the development of infrastructure and community activities to reduce barriers to data sharing and exchange, and accelerate data-driven innovation worldwide.


In addition, we also support:


  • CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials), which aims to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials;
  • EQUATOR (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research) Network, an international initiative seeking to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature, through the promotion of transparent and accurate reporting; and
  • FAIR, which joins and supports existing communities to collectively realize and enable "FAIR" data, in the sense of being Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.


Open Recognition and Reward


We continue to implement open recognition and reward partnerships and programs to help researchers get credit for their work. Author recognition starts with author disambiguation, and therefore with ORCID. As part of our commitment to supporting authors at every step of the publishing process, Wiley authors can create an ORCID iD during the submission process (many of our journals and funders are starting to make this a condition of publication/awarding grants). The process is quick and simple, and authors will only need to do this once for each journal.


Open Collaboration


Driven by new technologies and the pressure on researchers to find new ways to collaborate (to maximize time, budgets and research outputs), we are investing in new technology to help authors collaborate and create the best possible outcome for their research. This includes annotation-based peer review, enabling corresponding authors to collaborate with reviewers and the editor during the peer review process directly on the content, and helping to discuss, comment/annotate and ultimately improve the digital content collaboratively before acceptance.


In February of this year, we announced a combined open access and subscription agreement between Wiley and Dutch universities. The negotiations between The Association of Universities in The Netherlands (VSNU) and Wiley resulted in an unprecedented agreement covering 2016 – 2019. It provides students and researchers at Dutch universities affiliated with the VSNU with access to all of our subscription journal content and enables authors at Dutch universities affiliated with the VSNU to enjoy unlimited open access publication in our hybrid journals (c.1400), with no publishing charge levied at the article level.


Open on the Horizon


We are working closely with our publishing partners and leading thinkers in open research. Together with EMBO, we recently announced the launch of the "SmartFigures Lab," a prototype online publishing website with enhanced data presentation capabilities. SmartFigures are interactive figures that display data in the context of related results published in other papers and link figures to major biological databases. This enables users to intuitively navigate across papers through interconnected figures, facilitating literature browsing and accelerating data discovery. The research community is invited to test SmartFigures at and to provide their feedback.


We are constantly looking for better ways in which we can serve our customers, and we’re currently working on our new Author Services site, due later this year. The new site will provide a cleaner, more visual interface, with improved performance and greater ease of use. Through the Author Dashboard, authors will be able to order OnlineOpen, pay for open access, and easily sign and upload their license agreements. The Dashboard will also provide access to a host of other valuable features, such as article citation metrics, author resource pages and peer review training tools.


What do you feel are the major open access milestones of the past year? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet using hashtag: #OAWeek.


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